Thursday Night Countdown: It’s do-or-die statement time for the Hacienda and Mission Valley League

“Come Thursday, it’s going to be the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense and I guess we’ll find out if defense really does win championships. I believe in our defense and I think we have the ability to stop the El Monte offense.” South El Monte coach Ibis Aguilar

Thursday pregame preview: El Monte’s already won its first league title since ’79, now it wants it outright … Rowland wants to win a league title and knock West Covina out of the playoffs. It’s league finale night in the Hacienda and Rowland, read on … You can follow updates on the @sgvtribpreps widget for Rowland-West Covina. I will also keep track of other games with @sgvtrib_Mike and @chemicalAT for El Monte-South El Monte, with JP Hoornstra tweeting updates of Bonita-Diamond Bar at @jphoornstra Rosemead at Mountain will be tweeted by Keith Lair at @KeithLLair Thursday’s games and predictions Hacienda League West Covina at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC) Bonita at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita) Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR) Mission Valley League South El Monte at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM) Rosemead at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (Rosemead) Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino) Aram (Arroyo)

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